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  • Summary: Starshatter represents the next generation of space combat simulation games. Starshatter extends the gameplay concepts of the classic sims by combining fighter and starship combat in a single game. You begin the game as either a fighter pilot or the captain of a small Frigate-class starship.Starshatter represents the next generation of space combat simulation games. Starshatter extends the gameplay concepts of the classic sims by combining fighter and starship combat in a single game. You begin the game as either a fighter pilot or the captain of a small Frigate-class starship. As you progress through the game, you can earn promotions and awards until you are commanding a massive fleet carrier with three wings of fighters and a complete escort of warships. Starshatter promotes airborne fighter combat to a first-class game component, allowing you to take-off and land at planetary bases, engage in aerial dogfights, and use air-to-ground missiles to destroy ground targets. Starshatter also integrates elements of real-time-strategy games by allowing fleet commanders to direct the battle on a tactical level, launching fighters and directing destroyers to defend the fleet and annihilate enemy forces. You will arm fighters for patrol or strike missions. You will send orders to your escorting destroyers and frigates to engage enemy starships or defend the fleet from attack by enemy fighters. You are the admiral, and you decide how to employ all of your forces in battle. It is all up to you. [Matrix Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. For those of you that like "eye candy," look elsewhere. For those that like to play a space sim with simple controls and just enough reality (aside from space ships that burn forever), then Star Shatter is for you.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    84
    If you reach for the stars you can fall short and still be head and shoulders above others. A proper tactical/strategic AI and improved capital ship combat (see Starfleet Command for a great example) would place the sequel into the "game of the year" or "space sim of the century" category. [Sept 2006]
  3. PC Gamer
    74
    An efficient and well-designed galactic fighter. [March 2005, p.75]
  4. Its control complexity, I’m sure, would appeal to those players who could give it the time to master and I’m also sure they would be rewarded with the effort. But unless you fall into this group you may find Starshatter quite difficult with a steep learning curve.
  5. For a one man project, Starshatter is a graphical tour-de-force. Infinitely customizable. Once the problem areas are tweaked, Starshatter will shine.
  6. Starshatter provides a welcome dose of innovation to a space sim genre that's been practically rendered extinct, but its originality ultimately fails to translate into a satisfying gameplay experience.
  7. Cheat Code Central
    60
    The game's lack of depth however is its downfall. The dumber you are, the longer you will be able to play this game. I don't say that to belittle intellectually-challenged gamers…..yes I do.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Anonymous
    Apr 23, 2007
    10
    If you're into realism and a space sim with a wide range of options, then buy this game now!
  2. J.P.
    Sep 29, 2004
    10
    Frieking awesome!@!!
  3. Sauron
    Jul 15, 2004
    10
    Awesome space simulation.
  4. TBoardman
    Apr 7, 2005
    10
    Great game, that can be customised as you want it, if there is a ship you want or a mission you would like to play then it is a simple matter Great game, that can be customised as you want it, if there is a ship you want or a mission you would like to play then it is a simple matter to make it with the tools supplied. Expand
  5. PeterM.
    Jul 13, 2004
    9
    This game incorporates strategy as well as the wing commanderesque arcade elements that we all love. You can even fly capships. The graphics This game incorporates strategy as well as the wing commanderesque arcade elements that we all love. You can even fly capships. The graphics are good, but not cutting edge, but its the playability that makes this a great game, recommended. Expand
  6. MovenSP.
    Oct 11, 2004
    9
    I would really like to see if the game could progress into upgrades of weapons and fighter planes. The cruisers, capital carriers and the I would really like to see if the game could progress into upgrades of weapons and fighter planes. The cruisers, capital carriers and the devastators could add some point defense weapons on to its hulls. One cruiser or a carrier against three enemy cruisers, your are just a sitting duck. I would really appreciate if you guys could include Pulsar Mass Driver Cannons to all types of cruisers and Capital ships. This type of canon have awesome fire power!!!! You have to think several times facing a ship with a devastating fire power!!!!! It is like WW2's DKM Bismarck head on to HMS Hood. We need something like a big "KAAPOOOWWW!!!!!" Blast everything to smitherins. About the fighters you could include the stealthty space fighter/bomber as used in the Wing Commander Kilrathi war. Imagine the outcome of the war!!! Hunting for these stealthy little buggers. avoiding and attacking them out of defense of the convoy!!!! Ahh!! the Glory of WarFare!!!! Please!!! Please!!! something like this added to the STARSHATTER, it will become very addictive!!!! Collapse
  7. ElangovenS.P.
    Oct 7, 2004
    9
    The becomes difficult whenever you are faced with a huge number of enemy fighters and bombers. Only a Pair of friendlies have to face the The becomes difficult whenever you are faced with a huge number of enemy fighters and bombers. Only a Pair of friendlies have to face the huge number. Its devatating for most of the time!!! Has anybody found any unlimited weapons/shield codes for this game yet? Let us know, it would be really helpful!!!!! Expand

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